– Skiers include Colby West, Bobby Brown, Tanner Rainville and Keri Herman
-Catch Breckenridge Team Riders in competition at their home mountain during the Winter Dew Tour, Dec. 17-20.
BRECKENRIDGE, COLO – September 8, 2009 – Breckenridge Ski Resort is pleased to introduce the 2009-2010 Breckenridge Freeride Team. Breckenridge's Freeride Team is comprised of the industry's most talented snowboarders and skiers who live in Summit County, many whom are world-renowned in their field. This year, three Breckenridge Team Members are eligible to compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team: Steve Fisher, JJ Thomas, and Zack Black. To see these athletes up close and in competition visit to Breckenridge for the first stop of the Winter Dew Tour, December 17-20.
Colby West: One of the hottest names in freeskiing, West is a double threat in superpipe and slopestyle. He took home the bronze medal in 2009 in X Games Slopestyle and placed fifth in X Games Superpipe. His 2009 results also include a third place finish in the Dew Tour Halfpipe. In 2008, he won bronze in X Games Superpipe and placed fourth in X Games Slopestyle. Other impressive results include a first place finish in the 2008 US Open Big Air Competition, a bronze medal in the 2007 X Games Slopestyle, and a bronze in the 2007 US Open Superpipe. Between appearances on the podium, Colby spends time filming with Matchstick Productions and dabbling in his secret talents as a voice impersonator and comedian.
Tanner Rainville Known for his style in the air and skills both inside the park and on powdery steeps, Rainville's accomplishments include the bronze medal at the 2008 North American Open Slopestyle, eighth place in the 2008 X Games Slopestyle, first place in the 2007 Tignes Airwaves Big Air, and second place in the 2007 WSI Big Air. He can also be seen in many films including this year's Level 1 Film, Refresh. Follow Tanner at twitter.com/tannerrainville or facebook.com/tanner.rainville
Bobby Brown: At just 17 years old, Bobby has quickly become a phenom in the skiing world. After taking home gold in the Dew Tour Slopestyle at Breckenridge, he was the third place overall points winner for the tour. He went on to garner a sixth place finish in the X Games. Bobby was voted as a winner the Toyota Go Big Award for his overall performance during Dew, as well as the Playstation Pro Moment Award for his run during the Breckenridge Dew Tour. This past month, he placed first in the New Zealand Open Slopestyle and New Zealand Games Big Air. Bobby has been featured in major industry publications and can be seen in this year's movie In Deep by Matchstick Productions. Follow Bobby at twitter.com/BobbyBrown9202 or on his blog at bobbybrownski.com
Keri Herman: A regular on the competition podium, Keri is known as one of the strongest female contenders in slopestyle. Keri's 08-09 results include bronze at the Breckenridge Dew Tour, fourth place at the X Games, and silver in the Laax European Open. In 07-08 Keri won a slew of gold medals in numerous events including the Aspen Open Slopestyle, the North American Open Slopestyle, the Mount Snow Vermont Open Slopestyle, the New Zealand Open Slopestyle, the Cardrona Games Slopestyle, the New Zealand Open Downtown Rail Jam, and the Cardrona Games Big Air, Day 1 and 2. She is frequently featured on television and in industry magazines, films with Rage Productions and has been a regular on Salomon Freeski TV. Follow Keri at twitter.com/KeriHerman or
Duncan Adams: Blasting to the top of the pack at just 16 years old, Duncan has already established an impressive professional skiing career. His 08-09 results were highlighted by a bronze medal in halfpipe at the Breckenridge Dew Tour and a fourth place overall finish for the tour. He also placed sixth at the X Games and the US Open. Duncan was a recipient of the Ball Park Alpha Dawg award, awarded to top Dew Tour athletes age 18 or younger. In 2008, he placed sixth at the 48 Straight Pipe competition and eighth at the North American Open. Duncan will be featured in this year's film Refresh by Level 1 Productions.
NEW! Anna Segal: Hailing from Australia, Anna has made Breckenridge her Northern Hemisphere winter home for the past few years. Anna's decorated ski career has solidified her as one of the top female slopestyle competitors. Anna won gold in the 2009 X Games, and silver in the Breckenridge Dew Tour. This past month, she won gold at the New Zealand Games and silver at the New Zealand Open. Past results include a silver medal in the 2008 New Zealand Open and silver in the European Open and US Open in 2007. Anna is a regular to both domestic and international industry publications. Follow Anna on her blog at www.annasegal.blogspot.com or become her fan on Facebook.
NEW! Nick Martini: Perhaps best known for his web-based ski edits, Martini has become a star on the internet, drawing tens of thousands of views to the latest videos of his skiing. At just 19 years old, Nick has proven himself as a heavy hitter in the competition circuit as well, placing sixth in the Dew Tour Slopestyle, fifth in the Dew Tour Rail Jam, and tenth overall for the tour. He was also a recipient of the Alpha Dawg Award, awarded to top Dew Tour athletes age 18 or younger. Nick owns his own ski movie company, Stept Productions, with his brother Alex www.steptproductions.com. He will also be featured in this year's Poor Boyz Productions film. Martini was voted one of the Top 25 skiers to follow on Twitter in Freeskier Magazine. Follow Nick at twitter.com/nicholasmartini or become his friend on Facebook.
J.P. Solberg: Known for his amplitude in the halfpipe, JP's best results include two second place finishes in pipe and the big hit competition at 48 Straight, with a fourth place result overall. He has also placed third in the World Superpipe Championships in 2004, fifth in the World Superpipe Championships in 2006 and sixth in the 2006 X Games Superpipe.
Adam Delorme: An underground skiing star, Adam has been quietly making waves in the ski industry for years. Known for his stylish tricks, Delorme's accomplishments are highlighted by a first place finish in the 2007 New Zealand Open. He also placed first in the 2007 KickAspen Big Air and the Spring Massive Slopestyle competition. Delorme has also appeared in films such as Turbo and Real Time by Level 1 Productions.
Grant Savidge: Grant began his career at a young age as the first athlete to ever represent the Breckenridge Ski Resort JV team. Since then, he has easily moved up through the ranks of Summit County skiers. In 2009, Savidge took home bronze in slopestyle at the Winter Park Freeskiing Open and second in the Breckenridge Spring Massive Slopestyle. Other past results include 11th at the Vermont Freeski Open, and 13th in the 2008 Big Bear Open Slopestyle. Grant also spends his time filming with 4Reel Media and can be seen in their soon-to-be-released film, Reel #1. Become Grant's friend on Facebook at facebook.com/grant.savidge
Athena Brownson: A rising star in women's freeskiing, Athena was born and raised in Breckenridge. Her accomplishments include a bronze medal in the North American Open Slopestyle competition, fifth place in the Aspen Open Slopestyle, sixth in the European Open Slopestyle and first place in Breckenridge's own Spring Massive Festival.
Chris Hawks: Hawks, a 1999 X Games gold medalist, has been an ambassador and athlete representative to Breckenridge Ski Resort for a decade. He has appeared in Further by Teton Gravity Research, and many major publications, including USA Today and the New York Times. Hawks serves as a judge at many top ski competitions. He also runs Hawks Freeride, where he is a coach to local children, which include members of the Breckenridge JV Freeride Team.
Breckenridge JV Freeride Team
The JV team represents Breckenridge's hottest youth in skiing and snowboarding, who are 16 and under. JV team members are given the opportunity to participate in photo shoots and competitions alongside the Pro team, giving them a taste of sponsorship. With the support of Breckenridge and the older team riders, the JV team creates a solid foundation to help young athletes build their careers on and off the snow.
Please visit breck1080.com for more information on the Breckenridge Freeride Team and Breckenridge's five terrain parks and two halfpipes.